This is thought to be the reason I have a similar situation. I have a
couple, he was in the army, who got married twice in Chatham Kent in 1868.
The archivist said there had been several such "double marriages" amongst
members of the army. If they married without permission of the Commanding
Officer, then the army didn't recognise the marriage and so the wife
wouldn't be able to claim a widow's pension. His army records give his date
of marriage as the later date.

I entered both marriages as though they were true second marriages, just
that the two people were the same. Ie looking at the list of marriages there
are two with the same RINs for the couple. After he died, his widow married
again and so the list of marriages for her has husband 1 twice and then her
2nd husband.
As they didn't have any children it doesn't affect the descendant lists etc

Jack

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From: LegacyUserGroup [mailto:legacyusergroup-boun...@legacyusers.com] On
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Sent: 14 October 2016 22:33
To: legacyusergroup@legacyusers.com
Subject: Re: [LegacyUG] Couple married twice

On 14 Oct 2016 15:57, John Francis wrote:

> James Spencer (a corporal in the Grenadier Guards) married Ellen Kemp 
> on 24 Dec
> 1868 in St. Margaret's Church, Westminster. The couple then married 
> again on 27 Feb 1871 in the Royal Chapel in the Tower of London. I am 
> now looking into possible reasons for them going through two marriage 
> ceremonies, but my immediate problem is: how do I record the two marriages
in Legacy?
>
> I would be grateful for any suggestions.

I believe at that time, the soldier would have needed the permission of his
commanding officer in order to get married. Perhaps, in the eyes of the
Army, permission wasn't forthcoming until later, hence the second marriage.

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Mike Fry (Jhb)

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